Tanaka’s First Major League Outing a Success

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Masahiro Tanaka, the off-season’s most coveted free agent who was signed by the New York Yankees, made his first official Major League start Friday in Toronto against the Blue Jays. In the bottom of the first inning the it didn’t appear like the 25-year old Japanese phenom was going to have a very good day on the mound. The right-hander gave up a home run to the Blue Jays’ leadoff hitter, Melky Cabrera, on his third pitch.
Certainly an interesting and most likely terrifying way to start off your Major League career that is under the scrutiny of both U.S. and Japanese baseball fans and media. What started out on a bad note ended on a good one for Tanaka. After serving up the homer to Cabrera and two more runs in the second inning, Tanaka settled down into a rhythm that got him his first career win and the Yankees’ their second on the season.
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